Govt. creates new Cabinet Committee to tackle surprise rise in Scottish greenhouse gas emissions

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Environment Minister
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Environment Minister

The Scottish government is to set up a new Cabinet Committee to help ensure that Scotland’s meets its targets on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases – which unexpectedly rose in the latest annual figures published yesterday.

In a statement to parliament, Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced the new committee  – which has fully-delegated Cabinet powers –  as part of a package of measures, including action on cycling infrastructure, energy efficiency measures, transport planning, electric vehicles and district heating, which are being taken forward to ensure Scotland remains on track on tackling climate change.

The members of this new Climate Change Sub-Committee half of First Minister Alex Salmond’s Cabinet and several other government ministers: –

  • Deputy First Minister / Infrastructure Secretary (Nicola Sturgeon)
  • Finance Secretary (John Swinney)
  • Energy Minister (Fergus Ewing)
  • Environment Minister (Paul Wheelhouse)
  • Housing Minister (Margaret Burgess)
  • Local Government Minister (Derek McKay)

It will also include the Ministers for transport, foreign affairs and international relations, and science/ universities. Wheelhouse told MPs:

“The establishment of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change to ensure coordination of our strategic response at the highest level within Government. This will complement the new Public Sector Climate Leaders’ Forum and Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Board.

“The membership of the Sub-Committee highlights the importance of a cross-government approach on this crucial global issue and is a further example of how Scotland is giving a leading example on tackling climate change.”

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